AR-15 Podcast - A Look at Home Defense Options

Welcome to another edition of the AR-15 Podcast. On this episode JD and I will be talking about our vision of two home defense AR options.   


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AR-15 Podcast 218 - Listener Feedback Part 2


Welcome to Episode #218 of the AR15 Podcast. This week we have some more listener feedback.

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Listener Feedback…

Samuel B: Hi guys. Love the show!  When I build my next AR I am considering putting a scope and offset iron sights on it. My question is, with options ranging in price from $20 to $200.  Are there any offset irons that you guys can suggest based on positive personal experience? Thank you.

Curt H: Guys, I've been having a discussion with a friend about the 300 blackout he wants. He claims that a piston system works better with a silencer than DI. Do you know if this is true and if so why?

kiki kiki: Hello Reed and JD..... I have one AR-15 Lower and multiple uppers... all my uppers have an assortment of different 2 chamber muzzle brakes... from Surefire procomp to Wheaton arms 2 chamber brake! what these brakes all have in common is carbon build up on barrel crown face! No matter how many times I clean them, few 100 rounds later build up back! Cleaning becomes a pain, since you have to remove muzzle brake and reinstall and time with a new Crush Washer! Is this something I should worry about or just ignore...thanks kiki

Don: Glad to hear you back after a few weeks away. My question is about acceptable weight range for an AR-15. I just finished my first AR-15, built from sourced upper and lowers as opposed to building completely from scratch. Unloaded and with optic and BUIS it comes in at 8 lbs even. I know weight is subjective and depends on intended use but what do you think a normal weight range should be for a defensive rifle?

Dan C: Hey guys, I love the show, I've listened for years. Just like on all of Reed's rifles my iron sights are always up. I was wondering if you guys were ever planning on doing a show about the Fostech and Franklin Armory binary triggers, these are amazing developments and honestly seem better than an actual full auto. Though of course I'd like the Hughes Amendment to go away just as much as anyone. Love the show and Reed is for sure my favorite host, nothing against the other guys at all lol.

Zachary D: I know you've done several shows about acquiring NFA items, but don't think you've ever done one about what the rules are after you get your items. I envision this being similar to what a lawyer would provide to his client after drafting up a trust and the do's and don'ts for staying out of trouble.

Suggested topics include:

1. Traveling with your items;

2. federal laws, vs. state;

3. Do you really need to get permission from the ATF to transport across state lines?

4. How far ahead do you need to start planning if you do need ATF approval?

5. Does federal law trump state law when it comes to NFA items?
6. Loaning your items out - Is it ok to hand to the guy next to you at the range to let him try your silencer / SBR?

7. What about letting your wife or child use the item if they're not on your trust?

Shawn E: I live in Minnesota, which like a lot of states has regional separation during deer hunting for the legal means to take deer. I happen to reside in the shotgun zone, but we have several guys who hunt with rifle-caliber pistols.

Thinking of possible range, recoil, and repeat shots, I thought I would build an AR pistol in .300 AAC Blackout. One of the reasons I like it over a traditional pistol platform is that three points of contact, rather than one or two can be made with a traditional handgun. The fore end, grip, and the cheek weld on the buffer tube help to steady it a bit more than a traditional revolver or single-shot rifle-caliber pistol. With its weight, combined with its semi-auto bolt, it soaks up the recoil of the round pretty well.

So, flatter shooting, longer range, better stability, easy-to-mount optics, less upward recoil all make the AR pistol attractive to deer hunting where I am.

Thanks for a great podcast.  I actually like when you guys eat food on the air – it gives the show an “earthy” quality of sitting around the table in a hunting shack, a feed store, or somewhere else where folks are comfortable, normal, and real.


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AR-15 Podcast 164 - AR 15 Pistols

Welcome to Episode #164 of the AR15 Podcast. In this episode we talk about all things “AR Pistol”


Network News:


NRA Show Listener Meet Up

Where:    Cardinal Hall of Fame Cafe

When:    Saturday May 21st at 7pm.

Jake tells us “If they can say "Amberdextrious" as well as I can I'll buy them a drink.”


What’s going on with us?


Reed - Busy during tax season.

J.D. - Range day.

Giveaway: New Frontier Armory 9mm Carbine


Main Topic:


The AR-15 Pistol

1.    What’s the difference?

A firearm built from inception to be a Pistol

Based on the same components you’re already familiar with

AR Receivers

AR lower parts kits

AR Handguards

AR Bolts

Buffer tubes and barrels are usually different

Flexibility is limited in a number of unique ways

2.    What’s the point?

Rifle power in a compact size

Near NFA utility without the cost

Use in a PDW capacity

For those that can’t SBR

A few manufacturers have been able to eliminate the buffer tube.

3.    Where Does it fit In?

Compact Truck Gun

Substitute/Transition SBR

Can go from pistol to rifle and back

Some of the perks without the NFA burden

That final accessory for your Ninja setup

4.    What do I need to consider?

NFA considerations are still relevant

Thumbing your nose at the “Man” rarely ends well

Your money is tied up in this build, so you need to want this

Practicality vs. Novelty




Jody T:  So the story came out last year about a young soldier dying of a massive erection because he was so excited about shooting a 50 cal machine gun. (True story, poor guy) Has Reed ever got that excited, well almost that excited, while shooting a particular gun and if so what gun? 😎

LCR:  Heard your discussion about the changes to the Marine Corps shooting program.  Part of the misunderstanding I see when this is discussed is the Marine Corps time, aka the Marine Corps Enquirer mashed together multiple years' worth of Marksmanship Symposiums and quite a bit of conjecture.  During the M16A4/M4 PIP there was a proposal to field a new Upper Receiver Group (URG) with a free floating rail and without a fixed front site.   Currently that is on hold because of costs and the current initiative to equip all re-equip all infantry and infantry-like units with only M4s.

Since 2008 all of our new guns did not come with carrying handles, they came with a BUIS initially made by Matech. In 2010 the Marine Corps started buying KAC 600m BUIS, there were problems with its fielding because it did not come with a body of doctrine to support a BUIS, so many of them walked off over the years.

In 2012 the Marine Corps decided to only use the RCO in the entry level pipeline, this was based on numerous studies and feedback from the field that Marines could not shoot with RCOs all that well and most did not understand them.  This was tied to 1) the optical sited weapon is the primary means of using it, if using irons the weapon is in a degraded mode of operations 2) most Marine learn to shoot in the Marines 3) all their initial training was on the irons 4) because of the rule of primacy, they understood irons 5) it takes 2-3 times longer to retraining to a new item (deprogram) as it did for their initial training.  So why spend the two total weeks of training on the degraded mode of operation when most shooters will never get the time required to retrain them for their primary means of shooting the weapon?  What finely really killed the irons at recruit training was after they studied recruits and lTS at TBS and demonstrated that all RCO training shooters could still qualify with back up iron sights

Ian N:  Hello Men, I wanted to write to tell you how much I enjoy listening to the podcast the last few months.  I wish I would have known about the show sooner, but am working hard to catch up on past episodes.  I got back into shooting three years ago and the AR platform quickly became my top priority.  One off the shelf purchase and three builds later, I show no sign of slowing.  I regret the almost five year break I took from shooting after the military.  I just wanted to tell you guys to keep up the good work, and I appreciate the product that you put out each week.



ARP 092 - Looking at SBRs and the AR Pistol from a New Perspective


Welcome to Episode #092 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today is my Co-hosts Anthony (the Wiseguy) Hardy. This is the podcast about your favorite black rifle!  This show is for you; whether you're building your first AR or you’ve been building ARs for years. There is something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level. Brownells helps make this show possible.

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AR-15 Podcast - Episode #075

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Main Topic:Looking at SBR's and the AR Pistol from a New Perspective

  1. SBR’s in the Era of 30 Day Approvals

- Still a $200.00 Tax Stamp

- ATF regulatory control

- eFiled Form 1 approvals running at around 30 days

  1. AR Pistols in the Era of Stabilizing Braces

- ATF Opinion Letter is not immutable

- Stabilizing Brace is Cost Effective at $165.00

- No Government Oversight (for now)

  1. Which Way to Jump


Rob L.:  The cost of litigious lawyers baked into gun prices? So, How much of a guns price is for CYA for potential lawsuits? Thank you trial lawyers!!!


Todd:  Now that I have my AR finished and ready to shoot I have been looking at different ammo. Cost is my major concern, but I do not want to damage my new gun either, so I have a few questions.

Key info: The shooting ranges in My area of Texas do not allow FMJ ammo.

I have a 16" 1/9 twist 5.56 chambered barrel.

1. Steel vs Brass - steel seems to be cheapest but will it cause problems with my gun or will it misfire etc?

2. Mail-order ammo using to locate least expensive. Is there problems with mail ordering ammo? Or should I just go to nearest store. I have academy, Cabelas, Cheaper than dirt all within 30 miles.

3. Grain - I read and have researched til I am blue in face regarding twist rates. I purchased my barrel asking for a 1:7 but when I got it home I noticed it was 1:9 so I am stuck with that cause I don't want to deal with the store I got it from due to customer service.  I plan on target shooting at the range most of time and just want the right grain that will show off my new scope and rifle. So what grain HP or soft Point do I look for?

4. Do I need to beware reloads?

Thanks in advance. I am including the photo of my just completed AR 15.

Hugh:  Hey guys, I just got finished listening to your podcast on silencers/suppressor and thought it was great and super informative. I wanted to share a link that I thought you guys would like. It's shows the different baffle designs for about 100 different suppressors from old to the new. It's very cool to see all the different ways people use to solve the same problem. It even has cutaway pics of suppressor disasters, including one where a guy dumped a 30 round mag of 300 Blackout on full auto through a 5.56 can (12 rounds sheared off and made it through the core, the others piled up on the first baffle).

You guys talked about the OSS suppressor in your podcast but didn't know too much about it. I've shot one and have to say, as lefties, you'd dig it. They may not be the quietest, but they only have about 10% of the increased back pressure that suppressors normally add, so there is no blowback in your face and far less wear on the gun.

On a completely unrelated note, I have a 15" BCM KMR rail on my Daniel Defense and I absolutely love it. One of the unintended benefits of having a keymod rail is that you can weave paracord through the holes to make a light, cheap and durable handguard. You can also change colors and patterns as often as you like for only about 50 cents worth of material. I've attached a pic so you can see what I mean. Just be sure that you wrap it tight so none of it is touching the actual barrel, and start with a longer piece than you think you need. Trust me, it sucks balls when you run out  about 80% of the way through and have to unweave all your work, cut a longer piece and then start over.

Keep up the good work, the show has improved so much since the beginning; it's not even funny.

Rob L.:  45 AR-15? Have you guys covered .45 ACP AR-15s? I know you did 9MM a while back. I understand their are several .45 uppers available. Maybe revisit pistol cal AR's.  I'd put a 45 AR on my wish list. Even with the higher cost of 45 ammo.  I'd bet that many "smarter" AR owners have .45 ACPs.  Thanks

Thanks Rob!  Here are a couple of links to 45 ACP AR15s.


ARP 090 - Fads and Fetishes in the AR15 World


Welcome to Episode #090 of the AR15 Podcast. I’m your host Reed Snyder and with me today are my co-hosts J.W. Ramp and Anthony Hardy.  This is the podcast about your favorite black rifle!  This show is for you; whether you're building your first AR or you’ve been building ARs for years. There is something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level. Brownells helps make this show possible.

Don’t forget that Brownells, with their 100% lifetime satisfaction guarantee, is there for you anytime you have a problem, like when you can’t remove the taper pins from your new barrel to slip off the front sight base and you now have to find a new barrel.

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080-000-971 –  Brownells – EOTech CQB T-Dot Holographic Sight

100-003-317 – A.R.M.S., Inc. – 40L Flip Up Low Profile Rear Sight

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Main Topic:  Fads and Fetishes in the AR15 World

1.  AR-15 Pistols sporting wrist stabilizers

    • SB15 Pistol Stabilizing Brace
    • CAA Stock Saddle - Pistol/Stock Substitute

2.  Zombie inspired AR Gear and Events

    • Zombie Green
    • Zombie Shoots

3.  Tacticoolest Accessories

    • Opmod Battle Mug
    • Picatinny Mounted Tactical Cupholder
    • Tactical Stocking
    • Muzzle devices with pointy bits
    • Morale patches on everything

4.  Custom ARs

    • Copper Plated AR
    • Spaceguns AR
    • Steampunk AR

5. Race Guns


Arturo:  Reed and J.W., You left out the ARAK-21 from Faxon Firearms. They offer both right side or left side ejecting complete AR uppers ... the receiver itself being only difference. The advantage of their piston design is that the same bolt and bolt carrier can be configured for either right or left, it's only a matter of how the bolt is installed into the carrier (which of course means you have to be careful you don't assembly the bolt to eject to the wrong side).

Seems you've gone off the reservation talking about non-AR rifles such as the SCAR and Tavor. You might as well have mentioned Kel-tec's RDB. Though not yet in production it's fully ambidextrous, very similar to the Tavor but with the advantage of being downward ejecting so no bolt mods needed. Perhaps you should rename the episode "The Left Handed MSR".

Sam P.:  Hey Reed, JW, and Anthony... I have been listening to you show for a while now and I love it. I do lots of driving for my job and this show keeps me going. I just wish there was a new episode every day. Keep of the great work guys. I am currently building my first ground up AR-15. It is a dedicated Deer/Medium to large game rifle. The 6.5 Grendel is my caliber of choice for its amazing ballistics and if i choose to i could do some long range plinking at the range. Parts consists of PSA upper and lower, CMMG lower parts kit, Magpul MOE rifle stock, K2 pistol grip, Nordic components 15\" free float tube,burris p.e.p.r scope mount, and a vortex 3-12x56. I am on the hunt for a barrel and bolt and wanted your opinions. I am looking at a 20\" stainless bull barrel, of the ones available I am stuck between the JT Distributing barrel and the Lilja Barrel. The Lilja does not come with a bolt but their barrels are made to order whereas the JT barrels are pretty standard. Can you help me out with this dilemma. thank you I put a couple pictures of my build up on your flickr site.

Rob L:  Suggestion...AR accessory review of the week along with tip of the week?  Last show ARP 88......JW mentioned Primary Arm 1-6 scope. I'd like to hear a mini review.  So maybe a mini review of a new to you guys or a gotta have AR accessory each week.  I realize you guys probably already cover this in your normal AR discussion.

Part Deux II....Podcast quality. To me overall audio quality has gotten much better. Except once in a while it sounds like one of you is podcasting from their bathroom. BTW....I mainly listen on my ancient $19 SanDisk player.

Todd:  Hello, My name is Todd - I went to shooting range with my nephew to shoot his Sig 556 and just fell in love with the AR 15 rifle. I got home and started working out how I could get myself a gun. I started watching YouTube videos on building your own and realized that I can do that. For the past two months I have purchased parts and have now completed the lower and most of the upper. Well needless to say I am interested in guns now so when searching for books on ar 15 I came across your podcast and have listened to almost all of them. Everyday I listen to your show to learn more about ar 15's.

Question. I have named my soon to be completed ar 15 tack driver "spider" as the upper and lower are spikes and the design is all over it. My nephew has named his gun Cujo.  I believe that throughout the warrior societies it was common to of named your weapons.  Do you guys have names for your guns?

Please enter me in the ar 15 give away as well as any other contest you guys may have going.

Calafax:  Check out the Sig M400 lowers.  Those have left hand mag release.